Never owned a nylon string guitar before in my life. Not even as a kid. 37+ years of playing... Don't play Flamenco, or even Classical stuff, either. But, I was goofing around using one of the Xmas gift cards at GC a few weeks ago and meandered into the acoustic room. I picked up a little 250 dollar nylon string Cordoba and really liked it. I goofed around on it for a good half an hour. Had an older couple tell me they thought it was my guitar. But, I didn't bite. I wandered out with a set of strings, and 45 bucks left on my card. A week or so later, i remembered I needed a case for my wireless transmitter, so ordered one online to be picked up in a different GC. It came in on my birthday. So, I headed over. My wife accompanied me this time. This can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on the mood of the day. Well, she asked em to show here the guitar I had mentioned. The one at this GC was not nearly as good, and had all kinds of hanger rash on the neck, near the nut. She then asked me what the possible difference could be between the lower $149 Cordoba and the $550 Cordoba nylon string guitars hanging next to each other. So, I pulled them down. I strummed the $550 version and was instantly smitten... So was she. Then, the $150 version... flat, harder to play, it was an instant thing, too. Well, needless to say, she bought me the $550 (on sale) Cordoba GK Studio Negra. I tried the other two they had in stock, one on display and one NIB, and neither felt as good, or sounded as good (even with dead ass strings) as the one I had originally picked up. Even my wife, one strum, knew which one was the best. European cedar top, East Indian Rosewood (laminated) sides and back, maple binding on the body, mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard and an onbaord Fishman preamp. It is so very different from everything else I own. So, very, very different. But, I love playing it. The big wide neck and flat fretboard are interesting. The 25.5" scale and wide neck has been an interesting thing to deal with. I have long fingers, but a messed up wrist (forma car accident as a teenager, and following surgeries), so no weird jazz chords on this baby! But, I have been working again on fingerpicking since getting this little bugger. The tone is incredibly rich. Warm (it is another 12 fret acoustic, I have two others) and very piano like sustain. It rings nicely. It has a large pickguard, or golpeador, and tapping between picked notes is a lot of fun! I tried some gold and black Ernesto Palla (Ernie Ball) ball end strings and they sound lovely on this guitar! Be fun to mess around with different strings over the next few years, though. Anyway, happy birthday to me! Also a reminder that my wife's the best!